Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has been ruled out for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night due to a non-COVID related illness. Mitchell was set to play for Team LeBron against Team Durant. Team LeBron will now play a man down in the exhibition game in Cleveland. Here’s a full statement from Mitchell:
Utah’s Donovan Mitchell will miss tonight’s NBA All-Star game due to an upper respiratory illness. pic.twitter.com/8UwlA8KZEb— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2022
Mitchell was one of two Jazz players, along with C Rudy Gobert, to make the All-Star Game. Team LeBron is favored by 6 points on the spread against Team Durant in the game. Mitchell’s status shouldn’t really affect the odds for James’ squad. What this news does do is alter the ASG MVP race. With Mitchell not being able to play, there will be more minutes to go around on Team LeBron, which will bode well for a few top contenders for the award.
Prior to this news, Mitchell was 40/1 to win ASG MVP. His absence is good for players coming off the bench for Team LeBron — Jimmy Butler, Fred VanVleet and Darius Garland. You can also throw Chris Paul into that group. He’s an OK long-shot bet to win ASG MVP at 40/1. CP3 has come close to winning the award on a few occasions in the past. We could just see Stephen Curry (+1000) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+450) gunning for MVP again.
Update — Don’t bet on CP3. He’s got a fractured hand and probably isn’t going to play much in the ASG.